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29th Jul 2020 (11 Comments)

The latest biannual H1 2020 study of mobile network (4G and 5G) performance across the United Kingdom, which was conducted by RootMetrics, has once again named EE (BT) as the best overall operator. On top of that they delivered the fastest median (average) broadband download speed of 42.6Mbps (up from 36.5Mbps).


29th Jul 2020 (6 Comments)

Surfshark has examined internet affordability, internet quality, e-infrastructure, e-security and e-government services across 85 countries to produce their latest ‘Digital Quality of Life Index 2020‘, which ranks the United Kingdom 7th overall. But we’re being dragging down by poor broadband and mobile connectivity.

google grace hopper fibre optic cable laying ship

28th Jul 2020 (9 Comments)

Internet technology giant Google has announced plans to construct a new private subsea fibre optic cable – called ‘Grace Hopper‘ – between the USA (New York), United Kingdom (Bude in Cornwall) and Spain (Bilbao), which could improve the performance of their online services and ensure plenty of data capacity for the future.

28th Jul 2020 (31 Comments)

Budget conscious UK ISP TalkTalk has finally soft launched their first “Future Fibre” broadband packages based off Openreach’s (BT) ever expanding Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, which at the time of writing appears to offer ultrafast speeds from 150Mbps to 500Mbps. No 1Gbps, yet.

ee mobile sim cards

28th Jul 2020 (2 Comments)

Mobile operator EE (BT) has today launched “Set Up Safe” for all UK Pay Monthly customers, which is a free new SMS service that is designed to help parents “quickly and easily set up their child’s phone with safety features” (i.e. block adult internet content, set spending caps and stop them adding extra charges to the bill etc.).

Hands holding british pound coin and small money pouch

28th Jul 2020 (2 Comments)

Industry regulator Ofcom has today secured new commitments from UK ISPs EE, Plusnet and Sky Broadband to reduce prices automatically for “vulnerable customers” who are out of contract, which mirrors a similar move agreed last year with BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media. Savings of £270m are forecast.

talktalk office manchester

28th Jul 2020 (0 Comments)

Low cost UK internet provider TalkTalk is confirmed to have quietly rejected a takeover bid by one of its biggest investors (Toscafund) last year, which would have valued the entire company at an impressive £1.5bn or 135p a share (roughly equating to double its current share price of around 75p).


28th Jul 2020 (1 Comment)

New UK operator Full Fibre Limited, which last year started building a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband network (here) – aimed at “rural and semi-urban areas” around Devon, Surrey, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, has done a new video to showcase their progress in Shrewsbury.

trains and railways uk

27th Jul 2020 (9 Comments)

Ofcom has today updated their advice to the UK Government on spectrum bands suitable for providing “trackside to train connectivity,” which adds the 39GHz band as a possible option. In the future this could be used to support on-board ultrafast broadband capable WiFi access points or mobile (4G, 5G) small cells for commuters.


27th Jul 2020 (3 Comments)

After a number of successful trials it looks like Openreach (BT) will soon begin training up a whole new team of qualified drone pilots to help deploy their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based gigabit broadband ISP network to even more UK homes and businesses, such as those that exist in particularly difficult to reach locations.

airband fastershire fttp herefordshire uk broadband

27th Jul 2020 (0 Comments)

Worcestershire-based broadband ISP Airband has said they’re now “fast-tracking” their state aid supported fibre roll-out in Herefordshire (England) under the Fastershire contract, which means that “hundreds more homes” will soon gain access to their “ultrafast broadband” (100Mbps+) network.

tesco mobile clubcard

27th Jul 2020 (1 Comment)

New and upgrading customers to Tesco Mobile may be pleased to learn that they’ll now be able to get Clubcard Plus for six months absolutely free, which comes with various benefits including the ability to save up to £40 a month in-store when shopping at.. Tesco, obviously.


27th Jul 2020 (10 Comments)

Last week the price per tonne of copper (Cu) bucked expectations by briefly reaching a new two year high of just over $6,500 (£5,074), which could act as a further incentive for UK telecoms operators to remove their old cables in favour of fibre optic (e.g. FTTP) infrastructure. If only it were so simple.

950k connected properties Photocall for Superfast broadband.

27th Jul 2020 (13 Comments)

The original £463m (public and private investment) Digital Scotland project with BT (Openreach) is arriving at completion and as such the scheme has today celebrated the fact that it has helped over 950,000 extra premises to access “fibre broadband” (FTTC and FTTP) services (pushing “superfast” 24Mbps+ coverage to 94%+).

25th Jul 2020 (33 Comments)

Rural full fibre broadband ISP Gigclear has posted the results of an interesting new survey, which questionably claims that a fifth of British people wait “over half an hour for a simple web page to load” and 1 in 10 are “left buffering for up to two and a half hours.” Hmm.

25th Jul 2020 (18 Comments)

Taiwan-based network manufacturer DrayTek is a familiar name in the UK broadband ISP world. Since 1997 they’ve been busy building various routers, switches, access points and modems. Suffice to say that we were keen to get their thoughts on the current market for such devices, as well as their plans for the future.

24th Jul 2020 (30 Comments)

Broadband ISP and TV provider Virgin Media UK (Liberty Global) have today confirmed that they’ve just completed another network extension, which has seen 3,300 premises in the Derbyshire town of Shirebrook gain access to their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

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